Arpaio racial profiling continue at higher levels.!!!!!!!!!!!!
Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies targeted non-permitted food vendors selling contaminated products in Maryvale.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the goal of Thursday's special enforcement operation was to stop vendors from selling foods not prepared or maintained in compliance with the federal health code, putting consumers at risk of food borne illnesses.
"These non-permitted food vendors are a serious health risk for anyone who buys their food products," said Arpaio. "I said before that I would continue to monitor the issue and I am."
MCSO said the operation comes at the request of the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department. Its field operation employees claim said they've attempted to regulate these vendors, but have been run off by the cart operators.
As of late Thursday night, MCSO reported that at least 12 vendors had been arrested, all of them undocumented immigrants.
During a similar operation in September 2007, deputies discovered that several food cart businesses were being operated by undocumented immigrants connected to drop houses in the west Phoenix area.
During that roundup, 20 people were arrested. Of those, 18 were found to be in the U.S. illegally and 15 of those were non-permitted vendors.
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas is working with the Sheriff's Office to prosecute those who put the public's health at risk.
I want to clarified that there is no back up or data to confirm how many people were or are sick last or this year at consecuenquences of the food.